The Premier League is looking very unfamiliar after 8 games. Crystal Palace and Leicester City are in the top 5, Chelsea are 16th and Newcastle United are bottom of the league.
Big names like André Ayew, Yohan Cabaye and, Xherdan Shaqiri have all come to Premier League clubs, which were previously considered to be some of the league’s weaker sides.
Manchester Untied forward, Wayne Rooney, has said that the Premier League is more competitive than ever.
Wayne Rooney played the full 90 minutes in Manchester United’s crushing 3-0 defeat at The Emirates yesterday.
Speaking to The Express, prior to the Arsenal game, Rooney said:
“There are no easy games.”
“Perhaps six or seven years ago there were games where you knew you would win.”
“But now there are teams that have progressed. It means you have to be at your best to get the points. It’s harder for everyone.”
“You see some teams at the bottom of the league buying players for a lot of money. It makes it a better league, more competitive. Physically you are pushing right to the end of games.”
“In the past you could be leading 3-0 or 4-0 and take your foot off the gas, see it out and concentrate on the next game. Now you must keep on until the end.”
“At the minute we’re around the top of the table but we know we’ve got some tough games coming up so we have to be focussed.”
Speaking before the Arsenal game, Rooney has this to say about playing their old rivals:
“It’s always a tough game at The Emirates and I’m sure Arsenal players know it’s a big game for them as well.”
“For us it’s a chance to extend the gap over Arsenal and make sure we are on top of the league going into the international break”
“Arsenal have some quality players and we need to stop their danger players and take our chances.”
Rooney also spoke of the Premier League’s struggles in the Champions League this season:
“Obviously the results for English teams have not been great in Europe this season but there is a long way to go.”
“For me the Premier League is the best league. It’s a tough league and you are always challenged.”
The English striker also spoke of his delight that German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger joined their ranks:
“He has been brilliant since he has come in, not just on the pitch but off it he has been fantastic with everyone using his experience to help a lot of the players.”
“He does it by just being around the place, and the younger players especially will get the benefit of that.”
Manchester United aim to bounce back against Everton after the international break.